What Sweatshop-Free Means To Us - A few of our Contest Entries!

Hello everyone!

If you haven't heard yet, we are currently hosting a contest where we are asking you to share what sweatshop-free clothing means to you and what impact Grey Rock Clothing Co. has had on your life. The prize up for grabs is a $250 gift card to the store and a spot in our upcoming Fall Lookbook photoshoot! You can read all about it and get the full contest details here

We thought it would be fun to share with you some stories that come from a few close friends of the store. They made us smile, laugh out loud and tear up a little bit (I'm not crying - you're crying!). We hope you enjoy them as much as we do. 

Don't forget - you have until August 7th to send us your own story and contest entries via email (marketing@greyrockclothingco.com). We look forward to reading what sweatshop-free clothing means to you!

Thanks!

-Courtney & The Grey Rock Team 

Rob's Story

"Grey Rock Clothing introduced me to a whole way of thinking I hadn’t really been exposed to before. I knew that most clothing was made in horrendous work environments, but I hadn’t put much time into finding an alternative. I assumed the best one could do is a made-at-home-hippie-poncho that still smelt like vegan granola.

Beth and Joel opening the store changed all that, and it was so much fun to be a part of. I hadn’t had an excuse to strip down to my boxers in Guelph yet, and the year I was in the Habitat fashion show I had that opportunity.

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I hadn’t been in a photoshoot (intentionally) before, and although I don’t think the photos were used: I did have that opportunity with Grey Rock. From the beginning, they obviously weren’t just a store, they cared deeply about both being involved and building community. I even played on a Grey Rock sponsored soccer team, how cool is that!?

Selfishly, I was hoping that the clothing may positively influence my dating life…that the fashionable Pact underwear, matching my “dapper” (quote from my neighbour) Prana shirt, and my comfy socks would blow some lucky woman away…but sadly Grey Rock hasn’t been able to change that part of the world yet.

Selfishly, I was hoping that the clothing may positively influence my dating life…that the fashionable Pact underwear, matching my “dapper” (quote from my neighbour) Prana shirt, and my comfy socks would blow some lucky woman away…but sadly Grey Rock hasn’t been able to change that part of the world yet.

While the clothing didn’t fix my challenges with dating, it did introduce me to three products I always ensure I have several pairs of: Prana jeans with a gusset, PACT underwear, and the Grey Rock comfy socks. Particularly the jeans, I didn’t know that I had been wearing jeans wrong my whole life before being introduced to what I jokingly refer to as the crotch diamond.

Beth is an inspiration on her own too. It’s a lot of fun to support a store where the owner is a woman who’s grown from new entrepreneur to influential Guelph Business owner that people in the community turn to for wisdom and advice.

And of course, I got to feel comfortable with the clothing I wore. I’ve never been one to invest a lot in my wardrobe, but nearly all my clothing purchases are now. I take pride in being able to tell people about my friends that run the cool little clothing store on Quebec street, the one that sells sweatshop free clothes that you can wear to work.

At the end of the day: I feel great in their clothes, I’m conscious of representing their values when I wear them, and I wholeheartedly support the leadership and community that the store provides. I would never have guessed that I would feel that about a local business."

Kathryn's Story

"To be honest, sweatshop-free clothing wasn't important to me at all before I found Grey Rock.  I had been a student for years, living off the value rack at big box stores and proud of my $5 t-shirts. As I transitioned into my profession I wanted to build a wardrobe of classics that were well made, looked fantastic and lasted. That is how I found Grey Rock.

I think when I thought of sweatshop-free clothing in the past I thought of it as being "too hippie" or too casual, clothes that I couldn't wear to work.  Or my other thought would be that it would be "too expensive".

What I have found as I have built my conscious closet is that:

  • Sweatshop-free can be stylish and classic and fit my body shape to perfection.
  •  It is the equivalent in pricing to purchasing "conventional" clothing in the same classic work-wear category.
  • I spend so much of my personal and work life voting with my wallet, from buying local and seasonal food, to supporting locally owned business or products that are natural and good for the environment....it is now very important to me that my clothing also fit with my world-view.  I am conscious of the impact  of everything I put into my body and into my thoughts. I don't know why it took so long for me to realize that the clothes I was wearing didn't fit into my lifestyle.  It feels really good to  know now that what I put on my body matches my way of living and doesn't carry a karmic debt."